When the Gillard government took office, they promised us a brand new climate commission, which they naturally stacked with alarmists. It was then used the justify the claim that they “accept the science”, as if the science was unanimous. However, accepting science means acknowledging all perspectives, or you aren’t being honest about the nature of the scientific debate. The Gillard government cannot be claim to be acting in the “national interest” (one of Gillard’s favourite terms) if they take their policy advice on such an important issue from such a narrow range of professional opinion.
On The Bolt Report today, we saw a snapshot of the advise Gillard is not getting. In an extended panel discussion, Bob Carter, Peter Ridd and Garth Paltridge provided some free policy advice to the government.
Ridd refuted some claims by alarmists Ove Heogh-Guldberg and David Suzuki that the Great Barrier Reef is doomed. The same corals thrive in PNG, where it is several degrees warmer, and rising sea levels will actually increase the numbers of these corals. Essentially, corals like it hot. And of course, the panel was in complete agreement that, although the result relies on computer models, the effect of the carbon tax on the climate will be immeasurable.
Are you listening, Julia? By not listening to distinguished scientists such as these, she cannot be claiming to be doing the right thing by the Australian people. It is irresponsible government and will go down in history as such.